Afghan Pot

Less labor intensive and more profitable per acre, more marijuana is being grown in Afghanistan increasing the Taliban's profit from the drug trade.

Less labor intensive and more profitable per acre, more marijuana is being grown in Afghanistan increasing the Taliban's profit from the drug trade. "Afghanistan, already the world's top opium supplier, is now the world's biggest producer of cannabis, according to United Nations drug experts. There is large-scale cultivation of the drug in half of the country, resulting in 3,500 tons of hashish worth an estimated £61m annually, according to the first assessment of cannabis in Afghanistan by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. It warns that the threat from the drug needs to be dealt with to deny the Taliban the millions they make in protection taxes paid by farmers and drug smugglers."

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